Lies of Locke Lamora Readalong, Part IV

This week’s reading was intense!

To the left is another excellent piece of Locke Lamora fan art–“Falselight” by Shoughad.

Many thanks to Andrea and company for hosting this.  A list of other participating blogs and discussions can be found at The Little Red Reviewer.

The following questions/discussion will contain spoilers.

1.      In the chapter “A Curious Tale for Countess Amberglass” we
learn of the tradition of the night tea in Camorr. I found that not so
much fantastical as realistic – how about you?

I went through this chapter pretty fast, mostly because Locke was still floating in a barrel of horse piss and unconscious by now at the very least.  The tea was interesting, as was learning more about the Spider.

2.      When Jean meets with what will become the Wicked Sisters for
the first time, the meeting is described very much like how people
feel when they find their true work or home. Agree? Disagree? Some of both?

I like it.  The Wicked Sisters suit Jean, and he’d be rather naked without them.  However, I was more impressed with the description of the razor-sharp rose garden that feeds on blood.  I want a garden like that.
3.      Salt devils. Bug. Jean. The description is intense. Do you
find that description a help in visualizing the scene? Do you find
yourself wishing the description was occasionally – well – a little
less descriptive?

I probably could have used a little less description, mostly because the detail of the fight made me feel like Locke would probably drown before they got him out.

4.      This section has so much action in it, it’s hard to find a
place to pause. But…but.. oh, Locke. Oh, Jean. On their return to the
House of Perelandro, their world is turned upside down. Did you see it
coming?

I did.  I saw it coming since Nazca died, actually, and was wondering when exactly it would happen.  Of course, my three favorite characters (Nazca, Bug, and Chains) are all dead now.  I really need to stop getting attached to characters that are going to be killed off.

5.      Tavrin Callas’s service to the House of Aza Guilla is recalled
at an opportune moment, and may have something to do with saving a
life or three. Do you believe Chains knew what he set in motion? Why
or why not?

Chains knew that eventually his little fledgelings would have to leave the nest, and that they’d have to have the tools to fend for themselves.  That was the point of the apprenticeships; Jean can be a death priest if he so chooses, and Locke can be a farmer.  I think it’s a good thing that the Bastards are able to step outside their norm in order to blend in when they have to.

6.      As Locke and Jean prepare for Capa Raza, Dona Vorchenza’s
remark that the Thorn of Camorr has never been violent – only greedy
and resorting to trickery – comes to mind again. Will this pattern
continue?

Violent will be an understatement when Locke gets his hands on Capa Raza.  That being said, the Thorn wasn’t violent to start with, but instead he was pushed there by people killing off his friends.

7.      Does Locke Lamora or the Thorn of Camorr enter Meraggio’s
Countinghouse that day? Is there a difference?

I don’t see a difference between the two.  Locke has been the Thorn since he began breaking the Secret Peace to rob the nobility.  When Locke announced his intention to go back to the Salvara game, I started getting worried.  I had thought that the whole Grey King deal had convinced him that it was time to drop it, but now he’s got the Spider laying an ambush for him as soon as he comes back.  I hope he comes out okay and manages to outsmart them.

Next week’s reading will cover the final segment of the book.  I can’t wait to see how it all concludes!  I’m also curious as to whether Lynch is one of those authors who ends his books, or whether it’s going to cut off abruptly at a moment of suspense.

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17 comments

  1. I laughed at this… “I went through this chapter pretty fast, mostly because Locke was still floating in a barrel of horse piss and unconscious by now at the very least.”

    I have the same reactions too. The book has so many parts where I just want to cut to the action. This whole section has been brilliant when it comes to plot twists and action. I loved the way Barsavi copped it.

    1. The author does a really good job at switching the focus every time one of the main characters is in a jam. It builds up the suspense, but at the same time I want to fly through whatever’s in between to find out what’s going to happen.

  2. I have a few prickly plants in my garden and they are a nightmare when it comes to pruning – good look with your thorny garden!! You might need a donor on gardening days!! LOL (bonus: you wouldn’t get any intruders!)
    I know what you mean about the fight scene – I too was getting anxious about Locke being stuck in his barrel – not to mention taking in mouthfuls of the contents (eugh, feeling a bit sick now) – but then I figured what was taking a few minutes to read would have been a lot quicker when being acted out? Plus, I suppose on balance Locke was in a somewhat safer place than Bug and Jean!
    It seems to have taken me all day to finally get to the conclusion that you seem to have come to straight away – Locke and Thorn are one and the same.

    Great comments as usual with lovely fan art!
    Thanks
    Lynn 😀

    1. I just kept wondering the whole time whether Locke would still be alive; I know that it would only have taken a few minutes, but then again, it doesn’t take a terribly long time to drown. I was worried enough about that before the salt devils showed up. He got very lucky to survive that, although I don’t envy him when he woke up.

      I thought that the garden was one of those neat touches that sets Lies of Locke Lamora apart from the generic fantasy novel. There are so many creative touches in Camorr that make it interesting to read about.

      1. I know what you mean, I definitely had one of those heart sinking moments when Jean and Bug were dashing to the aid of Locke only to be thwarted by the Salt Devils (I was thinking ‘what, are you having a laugh’? Leave it out and lets get Locke out of there). I actually think I was holding my own breath by the time Jean finally started chopping at the barrel!
        Lynn 😀

    1. It seems like it would be interesting to re-read to see what events are foreshadowed early on that I completely missed while reading it.

  3. That Falselight fan art is stunning!!

    my question about the upcoming thing with the Spider. . . is even if Locke figures out that it’s a trap, will he be able to stay away? He’s so invested with the Salvara game, he’s such a darn klepto, will he be able to say no to an evening that’s one trap after another after another??

    Locke sure was stuck in that barrel a long time. How long can you hold your breath? this is really disgusting, but I was thinking if he had to, he could just swallow the piss until he had some air to breathe. but I don’t know if that would just kill him faster? eww, too gross to think about.

    “Violent will be an understatement when Locke gets his hands on Capa Raza. ”
    damn right!!

    1. I’m very curious about the Spider. I think that if Locke knew it was a trap he’d be like “Challenge accepted!” At least he’d know what he was walking into then.

        1. I want to; I’m just trying to figure out how much time I’ll realistically have because it’ll be the end of the semester and I’ll have more schoolwork than usual. I’m leaning towards doing it and if I fall behind, oh well.